What the Thunder Said
In the Dust Bowl of 1930s Oklahoma, a family comes apart, as sisters Mackie and Etta Spoon keep secrets from their father, and from each other. Etta, the dangerously impulsive favorite of her father, longs for adventure someplace far away from the bleak and near-barren plains, and she doesn’t care how she gets there; watchful Mackie keeps house and obeys the letter of her father’s law, while harboring her own dreams. After the massive 1935 Black Sunday dust storm brings ruin to the family, the sisters’ conflict threatens further damage. Seeking escape, and wagering their futures on an Indian boarding school runaway named Audie Kipp, the two leave home to forge their own separate paths, each setting off in search of a new life, each finding a fate different than she expected. Slow-gathering, powerful, with passages of haunting beauty, What the Thunder Said is the long-awaited third work of fiction by one of our most acclaimed storytellers. [Amazon.com]
St. Martin's Press
New York, NY
Contemporary American literature, Dust Bowl era (Fiction), Farm life (Fiction), Oklahoma (Fiction), Sisters (Fiction)
Creative Writing | Fiction
Peery, Janet, "What the Thunder Said" (2007). MFA Creative Writing Faculty Books. 23.